Rocket Ship was no match for the odds-on Min Alemarat at Haydock but should do better now handicapping. You can never write off a Mark Johnston runner in a race like this and Maxie T has done well this year while Placidia got off the mark at Lingfield last month. Arantes ran well over this trip at Chester while Oasis Fantasy was only beaten half-a-length at Brighton but there are races to be won with ARTFUL ROGUE. He went close last time at Bath and gives the impression he'll improve again over this longer distance. Taws won over 1m6f at Nottingham but has a penalty to carry now on much faster going.
Arantes 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway to chase leader over 3f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Captain Morley (9-5) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Placidia (IRE) 11-4 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd 3f out, led just over 1f out, clear when shaken up and swished tail inside final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn fll stks (5) pol in May beating Scallop (8-10) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Rocket Ship 14-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Min Alemarat (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Sebastian Beach (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Made all, challenged from 2f out, found extra near finish, won at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in May beating Luck Of The Game (9-0) by nk, 5 ran.
Maxie T 9-2 (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Vent De Force (8-12) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Oasis Fantasy (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, nk behind Tears of The Sun (9-6) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Artful Rogue (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Led early, tracked leaders, went 2nd and challenged 2f out, every chance when edged left over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Royal Warranty (8-7) at Bath 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) fm in May.
Black Label 10-1 (9-1) Chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Cape Caster (9-4) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Poker Gold (FR) 25-1 (8-11) Close up, effort to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 8, 8l behind Vent De Force (8-12) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Taws 9-2 (8-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft beating The Kid (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.